An Exploratory Literature Review of Efforts to Help the Small-Scale, Resource Poor Farmer in International Agricultural Development
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By Jennifer E. Taylor
Since the 1979 World Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (WCARRD) and the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment Development, which generated the Agenda 21 document, international agaricultural development organizations have been urged to strengthen their focus toward the sustainable development of the small-scale, resource poor farmer.
Although approximately 75% of the worlds' farmers are small-scale, resource poor farmers, generally, they have not been the primarly focus of international agricultural development.
This study investigated the small-scale, resource poor farmers'
*ongoing level of participation
*rate of adoption of agricultural technology, and
within the documents of eleven key international agricultural development organizations to determine if the farmers can positively impact the forecasted food shortage expected early in the 21st Century.
The study utilized methods of multi-document analysis including: Light and Pillemer (1984), meta-ethnography, and qualitative computer software.
This study represents the findings indicated in 51 (fifty-one) implemented international agricultral research and extension projects located within 38 (thirty-eight) countries. More than one million small-scale farmers were reported as participants of the projects within this study.
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